Friday, September 23, 2011

A book reading From the Grave

This is for our young fans in Los Angeles, New York and the Bay area of California (represent!), as you're all cordially invited to attend a reading from a book written From the Grave . . . and just in time for Halloween.

Our good, and very dead, friend William Castle has informed us Basement Dwellers that his new novel From the Grave: The Prayer will be read by his very own flesh-and-blood daughter Terry Castle at Stories Books & Cafe in Los Angeles (Echo Park) on Thursday Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

From the Grave: The Prayer was written for young adults, so all ages are welcome to come and enjoy the reading and other Halloween tricks and treats, including a look at how to make fake blood using the Castle secret family recipe

Other gigs for From the Grave: The Prayer are scheduled for Books of Wonder's Chills and Thrills for Young Readers in New York City on Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. ( and Book Passage in Cortes Madera, CA, on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. (

From the Grave: The Prayer will be released Oct. 2, but The Basement has already secured a copy and I have read it, and it is great! I know we're a movie-review crew, but allow me to indulge my inner book nerd for a moment using our patented Micro Review style:

From the Grave: The Prayer is a quick, fun read that's aimed for a young audience but still entertaining for adults. The characters of Aleck, Edgar, Sarah, and Luca are well written and believable . . . which makes sense because everything that happens in the book is true! I would not lie! At 300 pages, the novel is just the right length for its audience and slow readers like myself. And, being a Master of the Macabre, Castle keeps the scares coming but doesn't make them too intimidating for his young readers. It helps that he's balanced the eeriness with his token wit and humour. As far as novels go, it's a Good for sure.

The above concept art is by Klee Productions.

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